Just days after it was reported that models and employees from President Donald Trump's modeling agency were leaving in droves to form a new company, sources now report that Trump Model Management might be shutting down for good.
According to an internal email obtained by Mother Jones on Monday, Trump Models is officially folding after 18 years in business. The agency's president Corinne Nicolas reportedly announced the pending closure in an email to industry colleagues over the weekend.
"The Trump Organization is choosing to exit the modeling industry," Nicolas wrote. "On the heels of the recent sale of the Miss Universe Organization, the company is choosing to focus on their core businesses in the real estate, golf and hospitality space."
"Trump Models, during its 18-year run, was an amazing success and we are immensely proud of the opportunities that we have provided to so many talented individuals," she continued.
In a statement to the New York Post, a spokesperson for the Trump Organization confirmed the news: "While we enjoyed many years of success, we are focused on our core businesses in the real estate and golf industries and the rapid expansion of our hospitality division."
As Jezebel reports, rumors that Trump Models would be shutting down have been circling for weeks now; but Nicolas' email is the first time that anyone connected with the agency has confirmed the news. The announcement comes after multiple former models for the agency came forward to allege that Trump Models had forced them into terrible living conditions and had allowed them to work without valid employment visas. However, multiple sources suggest the real reason Trump Models is shutting down is because the president's name has become "toxic in the modeling world," due to his controversial political career.
As previously reported, the Trump Organization sold the Miss Universe Organization to the WME-IMG Talent Agency about a year and a half ago following backlash over then-presidential candidate Trump's racist remarks about Mexican immigrants. The Cut reports that Trump founded his modeling agency in 1999, and based on a recent financial report, still owns an 85 percent stake in it.
At this time, it is not clear when Trump Models will officially close.
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